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It would be great to get even more granular and get to the county level to show how even the "divided" counties are purple as well. My guess is that you might get some counties that are 100% Red or 100% Blue.

These colors are great, but almost ultraviolet to my eyes. I can only look at the map for 5 seconds. Also, the color doesn't really tell me how far from 50/50 the states are.




The burning, it hurts. I think the purple is like #17f00017f or something. Seriously, you can't just mix RGB like this; perceptual color scales like Cynthia Brewer has helped popularize are the right choice. http://colorbrewer2.org/

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For anyone who wants to do this, the data's available: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/nov/07/us-2012-...

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I stumbled upon the same dataset, so did the following map:

http://i.imgur.com/8YjOg.png

Here is some notes:

https://gist.github.com/4034954

Edit:

If anything, I'd say that the counties themselves are more divided than I thought. The one which surprises me the most is the deep south of texas, which is quite blue.

Also, I do not claim that I did this flawlessly, there is a chance I stuffed up and it is not showing the right data, but I don't really have the time to play with it for too long :)

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South Texas results aren't too surprising. There's a huge Hispanic population down there.

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Ah, of course. Thanks for pointing that out.

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The first thing I noticed on your map (which is really nice, by the way) was that it's far more divisive than the per-state version. Most interesting.

I think this just highlights what people have been saying for quite a while now, that the political divide in this country isn't red states versus blue states, but urban versus rural. If you go to a level that separates those, as per-county does but per-state doesn't, you see a much bigger divide.

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I'm going to do it right now!

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That's what's fun. The electoral college is red blue, but the states are purple. But the counties are red and blue again (which some purple).

The most hotly contested states have (generally dense urban) blue city enclaves balancing against (generally sparse rural) red counties

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